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When You Arrive for Commencement

You should plan to arrive at NRG Arena no later than two hours before the scheduled start time for your school’s ceremony.

Upon arrival, you will enter at Hall A and you will be directed to Hall B where degree candidates will assemble before the event. Please note that your family members and guests cannot come with you to the Hall B staging area. Instead, they should go to their seats in the Arena.

If you arrive late you will not be able to enter the Arena, during the processional. We will seat you once the processional is over.

Here is what you do once you arrive:

  • Stop at the check-in table located in the Hall A entrance and pick up your name card. The card will let you know the row and seat number in the staging area that you should sit at for your school.
  • We will have people ready to help you put on your cap and gown.
  • You will then line up in the order of your school. Undergraduates line up in front of graduate students.
  • When you walk on stage, remember to bring your name card with you and do not fold it. The Commencement reader uses this to announce your name as you cross the platform.
  • Plan to stay for the entire ceremony. The ceremony will last about two hours.

Special tips:

  • Flat shoes are best for everyone. We have had people wearing high heels and cowboy boots trip on the long gowns.
  • In the Hall B area we will have a Coat Check Table, for students only, operated by the UHCL Alumni Association.

Commencement Information

Fall 2014 Commencement
Sunday, December 14, 2014
NRG Arena

12:00 pm

School of Business (BUS)
School of Education (SOE)

5:00 pm

School of Human Sciences and Humanities (HSH)
School of Science and Computer Engineering (SCE)

Candidates may only participate in the ceremony for the school in which they are graduating.


Cap and Gown

Information for ordering your cap and gown.

Live Streaming

We will be streaming the ceremony live online, from NRG Arena. For all your loved ones to view.

Ceremony History

UHCL had its first graduation in 1974. We have developed a timeline for you to see how far we’ve come.
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